David De-Val, illusionist, on: audience involvement
I think the appeal of Houdinis challenges were particularly that they came from the public. There were people in factories who Ive spoken to, who said, "Oh, it was wonderful when we got together and we said: 'Lets make up an escape, lets make up a challenge for Houdini to escape from on Saturday night, Wednesday night, or whatever.'" So it was sort of almost like joining in. They joined in. He brought the public really onto the stage. All the other acts n England (Vesta Tilly, famous musical act), I mean, she didnt invite people up on the stage. He made them feel important, I think. And [he made sure that] he beat them, of course, at the end.